ARC Review | As She Fades by Abbi Glines

As She Fades by Abbi Glines
New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Publication Date | April 3rd, 2018
ARC provided by Netgalley


Book Blurb:

On the night of her high school graduation, Vale McKinley and her boyfriend Crawford are in a terrible car accident that leaves Crawford in a coma. They were supposed to spend the summer planning for college, for a bright future full of possibility. Together. Instead, Vale spends long days in the hospital, hoping Crawford will awaken.

Slate Allen, a college friend of Vale’s brother, has been visiting his dying uncle at the same hospital. When he and Vale meet, she can’t deny the flutter of an illicit attraction. She tries to ignore her feelings, but she’s not immune to Slate’s charm. Slowly, they form a cautious friendship.

Then, Crawford wakes up . . . with no memory of Vale or their relationship. Heartbroken, Vale opts to leave for college and move on with her life. Except now, she’s in Slate’s territory, and their story is about to take a very strange turn.

| Book Review |

Abbi Glines is an author who has been on my radar for years, but if you know anything about me, it’s that I am not one to give in to the the hype. If I don’t read a book before it’s released and there’s a lot of buzz surrounding it, it’ll probably be a good two years before I finally read it. When I saw the blurb for this book, though, I couldn’t resist it. Now, I would be remiss if I didn’t say this blurb is incredibly misleading (though I can’t tell you why without spoiling,) but I enjoyed it anyway.

Here is what I really liked about this book:

  • Crawford’s situation may have been serious, but there was a light-heartedness to this story that I wasn’t expecting.
  • Vale’s family – I loved that they were so close-knit, but that even her four overprotective brothers weren’t overdone. The family dynamic was so wonderful, and the love they had for each other leapt off the pages. Knox, especially was a standout character for me. He could be a bit overbearing, but he was quick to back off when Vale gave him the ‘I got this’ vibe.
  • Slate – I really liked Slate’s character. He was the character who showed the most growth, and I thought the changes were credible, and I could see him becoming a better person throughout this story.
  • Uncle D – The man was a hoot, and it was clear he would do anything for his nephew. It really was his relationship with his uncle that showed us who Slate really was, and their scenes together made my heart melt.
  • The pacing – I really enjoyed this pacing. As She Fades was such a quick read, and I feel like the pacing was steady right up to the very end.
  • The twist – The twist here really worked for me. Because I’m a romantic, I like to think love transcends anything, and I love the idea behind this twist.

I did have a few issues with this book. The ones that I would consider to be spoilers I have put in white text, so you will have to highlight to read them.

  • Catty females – Why are we not over this yet? Women are not nearly as clingy after one night stands as fiction would have you believe, and when someone has a reputation like Slate’s, they know the score going in and are unlikely to borderline stalk him afterwards. Let alone threaten his only female friend.
  • Crawford – There were a few things about his character that bothered me. First of all, he was the one driving when the accident occurred, but we never saw remorse or guilt from him, and while I know he wasn’t at fault because of the circumstances, I think it is still something that would have plagued him on some level. And lastly, the cheating. I was so frustrated by this. I think it was enough that Vale changed and they grew apart, but this was thrown in there to make the break up more legitimate, as if ‘my feelings have changed’ isn’t enough. It is enough, and I think it would have been a more original and relateable story line.

Overall, I thought As She Fades was an enjoyable read, and I’ll be keeping my eye out for more from Abbi Glines in the future!

| Rating |


| About the Author |

Abbi Glines is a #1 New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Rosemary Beach, Sea Breeze, Vincent Boys, Field Party and Existence series. She never cooks unless baking during the Christmas holiday counts. She believes in ghosts and has a habit of asking people if their house is haunted before she goes in it. She drinks afternoon tea because she wants to be British but alas she was born in Alabama. When asked how many books she has written she has to stop and count on her fingers. When she’s not locked away writing, she is reading, shopping (major shoe and purse addiction), sneaking off to the movies alone, and listening to the drama in her teenagers lives while making mental notes on the good stuff to use later. Don’t judge.

You can connect with Abbi online in several different ways. She uses social media to procrastinate.

20 thoughts on “ARC Review | As She Fades by Abbi Glines

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  1. Glad you had a good time with your first Abbi Glines. I read one of her Sea Breeze books a while back and meant to read more of her stuff.

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    1. Thanks, Sophia! I do need to check out her back list, but I think I will need to be selective in what I read. I don’t like drama for drama sake. I feel like that was absent here, and that’s why it worked so well for me.


  2. This sounds really good, and I love the sound of the angst that must pop up after Crawford wakes up, but has no memory of their relationship. Nice that the author really captured those emotions well, especially as Vale falls for someone else. Great review!

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  3. This is an author that has been on my radar for a long time. I am pretty sure that I have a book or two of hers on my shelves right now but haven’t read them yet. I do like the sound of this one and am glad that you enjoyed it overall. Great review!

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  4. Well, I’m happy your introduction to Glines went fairly well, Angie. I’ve read a few of her books and have enjoyed them but haven’t binged on them all. I figure I’ll get around to reading them some day. 😉 I’m interested in As She Fades though. I like the close-knit family element as well as the seemingly well-drawn characters. I’m guessing I’m going to like the twist since I’m a romantic as well. 🙂

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  5. LOL I know a lot of catty females. lol I still have her on my list to try. There’s one of her books floating around here somewhere I think. Maybe one day 😀

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    1. I know a lot of catty female’s, too, but catty and desperation just seem to go hand in hand all the time in fiction. Some women are just catty. And not because they’re lusty! LOL


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